(top)(l-r) Isabella Ayala, Olivia Robeldo, Jessie Fontes, Zoie Isom, (middle) Ciana Garcia, Audrey Clay, April Lizarraga, Janaeh Castro, (bottom) Lexi Garza, Jamie Fontes, Sarina Bracamontes & Jordyn Walla.
(top)(l-r) Isabella Ayala, Olivia Robeldo, Jessie Fontes, Zoie Isom, (middle) Ciana Garcia, Audrey Clay, April Lizarraga, Janaeh Castro, (bottom) Lexi Garza, Jamie Fontes, Sarina Bracamontes & Jordyn Walla.
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The Fillmore Unified School District Board presented achievement awards to the Fillmore Girls Softball 10u gold all star team at there board meeting on August 27. The team won the ASA 10U Western National Championship last month in Peoria, Arizona. The board recognized the girls for their achievement and representing the City of Fillmore. The coaches also received awards from the board for their hard work.



The Ventura College School of Nursing is pleased to announce that it has been granted national accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). ACEN accreditation acknowledges that the nursing program has met the highest national standards for nursing education. In the state of California, only 32 of 88 eligible Associate Degree in Nursing programs have attained this level of recognition.

The quality of the Ventura College School of Nursing is further demonstrated by the consistently high performance of its graduates on the national nursing licensure (NCLEX) exam. Ventura College nursing graduates have achieved a 92-96 percent pass rate over the past three years, testifying to the outstanding quality of their academic preparation.


BLUE - FLASHES - WHITE. The Fillmore Flashes Cheerleaders do their thing for the camera. The girls practice in front of the high school building after school.
BLUE - FLASHES - WHITE. The Fillmore Flashes Cheerleaders do their thing for the camera. The girls practice in front of the high school building after school.
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Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

Fillmore High School’s Back to School Night will be on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 5:45 – 7:30. All parents and community members are invited to meet the FHS teachers and staff. Meet in the Quad at 5:45. The Cross Country and Girls Basketball teams will host a Fundraiser BBQ Dinner from 4:00 – 6:00 that includes shredded beef, rice, beans and salad. Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased at the high school or from any Cross County or Girls Basketball team member.


Speakers, exhibition of 1,100 paper silhouettes to highlight issue of suicide on college campuses during National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9 – 12
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Calif., Aug. 27, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will observe National Suicide Prevention Week with a series of informative speakers and a poignant exhibition, Monday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, Sept. 12, on the CI campus. All events are open to students, staff, faculty, community and the media, unless otherwise indicated below.

Field of Memories
Monday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, Sept. 12, at the South Quad
In a moving visual representation of the 1,100 college students who commit suicide each year, CI’s South Quad will be adorned with a four-day display of 1,100 paper silhouettes.

Presentation by Kevin Hines, award-winning speaker, author, mental health advocate and suicide survivor
Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Petit Salon
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Faculty and staff only
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Open to the public, students, faculty and staff
With his story of unlikely survival and renewed will to live, Kevin Hines has reached international audiences and inspired thousands of people worldwide as an award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. Suffering from bipolar disorder, Hines attempted to take his life at the age of 19 by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of 33 people to survive the 220-foot jump – and the only survivor now actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe.

His compelling story has touched diverse audiences, ranging from universities and churches to corporations, veterans’ groups and medical conferences. His work as a suicide prevention advocate and speaker has been featured prominently in the national media and honored with numerous awards, including a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from Eli Lilly and an Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Hines’ first book, "Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt," was released this summer.

“Help Save a Life: Suicide Prevention Response” Presentation by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.
Thursday, Sept. 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Petit Salon
Dr. Lisa Firestone is a noted clinical psychologist, author and international expert on suicide, violence, parenting and interpersonal relationships. She is the Director of Research and Education for the Glendon Association, a nonprofit organization that conducts and publishes research, and provides education and outreach training on suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone is the co-author of several books, including “Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice,” “Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion,” and “The Self Under Siege.” A highly regarded lecturer and workshop facilitator in the topics of suicide, violence and family relations, Dr. Firestone is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and PsychAlive.org.

Both speakers will be available for media interviews before and after their presentations.

In addition to the events listed above, CI is encouraging students, faculty and staff to complete an online suicide-prevention training program intended to help them identify and support at-risk individuals.

“Suicide Prevention Week is about creating awareness on our campus for students – to provide the knowledge and understanding that as a friend, colleague, or peer we can help each other,” said Kathleen Roach, Health Educator in CI’s Student Health & Personal Counseling Center. “It’s also a way of letting students know that we have counseling services available to help them if they are experiencing distress in their lives.”

CI’s Personal Counseling Services offers counseling for students who are struggling with issues related to family, social and romantic relationships, life transitions, sexuality, grief, stress, sexual assault, anxiety, loss of motivation, or depression. Services include short-term counseling for individuals and couples, group counseling, referral services, psycho-educational programs, and crisis intervention.

National Suicide Prevention Week is an annual, week-long campaign to inform and engage health professionals and the public about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide. It also strives to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and encourage at-risk individuals to pursue mental health assistance.

CI’s Suicide Prevention Week events are sponsored by CI Student Life, Student Health Services, Personal Counseling Services, Veterans Affairs, Multi-Cultural Programs, Cal MHSA, and the Pacific Coast College Health Association.

Campus parking for the speaker presentations is available with the purchase of a daily permit. Guests should follow University Avenue to Parking Lot A3, where they can purchase a $6 permit at the kiosk. A shuttle will be available to transport guests from the parking lot to the Petit Salon.

To attend the speaker sessions, or for more information, contact Kathleen Roach, CI Health Educator, at 805-437-3971 or Kathleen.roach@csuci.edu. For more information on CI’s Personal Counseling Services, visit www.csuci.edu/pcs.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.


Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

Fillmore Unified School District Board Meeting
08.27.13 AGENDA
pg. 1
5:00 p.m.
This is the time and place to address the Board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings. Upon recognition by the President of the Board, please come forward and identify yourself before speaking. The Board of Education reserves the right to limit speaking time to three (3) minutes or less per individual.
The Board of Education will meet from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to consider matters appropriate for Closed Session in accordance with Government Code Sections 3549.1, 54956.7 through 54957.7, and Education Code Section 35146. If the Board does not complete Closed Session discussions at this time, the Board may adjourn to Closed Session at the end of the regular meeting. DISCLOSURE OF ITEM(S) TO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION School District Pupils (Education Code 35146) Labor/Negotiations (Government Code 54957.6)
o Update; Direction to District Negotiators (Dr. Alan Nishino, Michael Johnson, C. Earl Davis, Todd Schieferle, Margaret Chidester) for negotiations with the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Confidential Employees, and District Administration. Personnel Matters (Government Code 54957)
o Hiring, Evaluating, Discipline, Dismissal, Release, Reassignment, Transfers
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (805) 524-6038. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting [in accordance with Government Code 54961 and Board Bylaw 9320(a)].
Fillmore Unified School District Board Meeting
08.27.13 AGENDA
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6:30 p.m.
Any Action From Closed Session
G. RECOGNITIONS 2013 Western National Championship Title Recipient – 10U “B” Fillmore Girls Softball Ventura County Fair Fillmore FFA Award Recipients Ventura County Fair Award Recipients:
o FHS student Jillian Ann Moser for watercolor and landscape paintings
“Blue Face Girl” and “Seascape”
o FHS student Wendy Bolanos in categories of Ceramics, Acrylic, and Felt Pen
Superintendent’s Report
This is the time and place to address the school board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings. Upon recognition by the President of the Board, please come forward and identify yourself before speaking. The Board of Education reserves the right to limit speaking time to three (3) minutes or less per individual.
6:45 p.m.
1. Report on the 2012-13 CST Results by Educational Services Staff
7:00 p.m.
K. CONSENT ITEMS (Corresponding to Numbers 1-12 )
Items on the Consent Agenda are considered routine and will be enacted by a single motion. None of the items will be discussed unless a Board Member or member of the audience requests discussion.
2. Approve Minutes:
a. Regular Board Meeting Held August 6, 2013
b. Special Closed Session Board Meeting Held August 16, 2013
3. Approve Personnel Order 13-14-2
4. Ratify Accounts Payable Month of July 2013 (ReqPay12a)
5. Ratify Purchase Orders Month of July 2013 (ReqPay11a)
Fillmore Unified School District Board Meeting
08.27.13 AGENDA
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6. Ratify 7/01/13 through 7/31/13 Certificated and Classified Payroll in the Amount of $518,281.05 (Pay01a)
7. Approve/Ratify Contracts
8. Accept Donations
9. Approve Employment Contract for Director of Human Resources
10. Accept Resignation of Employee #1689
11. Approve Annual Interfund Transfer of $62,500 from the Unrestricted General Fund (010) to the Building Fund (210) for Maintenance of the Artificial Turf and All-Weather Track for 2012/13 and 2013/14
12. Approve Transfer of 2009/10 and 2010/11 Deferred Maintenance Deposits Totaling $259,591 from the Unrestricted General Fund (010) to the Deferred Maintenance Fund (140).
13. Approve Change Order #3 for Fillmore Middle School Gymnasium Roofing Project, Project #13-001
Item 1 –Plywood replacement (43 sheets @ $93.72 each)
Item 2 –Install white facia metal as per unit pricing
Contractor: Craig Roof Company, Inc.
Original Contract: $454,393.44
Previous Authorized CO’s: 30,287.00
CO #03 Amount: 6,361.96
New Contract: $491,042.40
14. Approve Notice of Completion for Fillmore Middle School Gymnasium Roofing Project – Project #13-001 – Craig Roof Company, Inc.
15. Approve Resolution #13-14-1 Authorizing Approval of Assignments of Teachers Who Are Teaching Outside of Their Credential
16. Approve Consolidated Application
17. Approve Quarterly Williams Uniform Complaint Report
7:30 p.m.
September 3 5:00 p.m Closed Session – Board Room
6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
September 10 5:00 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
September 24 5:00 p.m. Closed Session – Board Room
6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
8:15 p.m.

Dr. Luskin
Dr. Luskin

Dr. Bernard Luskin has been selected as the new Interim President at Moorpark College effective September 3, 2013. Dr. Luskin is CEO of Luskin International and serves as Director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community College Leadership Legacy Project. He has been founding president and CEO of several colleges and universities, including president of Orange Coast College, founding president of Coastline Community College, founding chancellor of Jones International University, founding CEO of Touro University Worldwide, and President and Professor of Applied Psychology at Wright Graduate University. During his career, he has taught at UCLA, USC, Claremont Graduate University, Pepperdine University, Touro University, California State Universities at Fullerton and Los Angeles, and other universities.

Dr. Luskin has authored 10 books and has produced numerous television and interactive media programs, including the first interactive Sesame Street and Grolier’s and Compton’s encyclopedias. He is the recipient of two Emmy Awards for documentary television programs and the Bellweather Leadership Award from the Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. Dr. Luskin received lifetime achievement awards for his contributions to media and education from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University, Los Angeles, the University of Florida Institute for the Future, the Society of Media Psychology and Technology of the American Psychological Association, and the European Commission.

Dr. Luskin will serve in the position until a permanent President has been selected in summer 2014.


Fillmore Unified Teachers invite community members to join us for pizza at our second Community Outreach. Please come for an evening of discussion – if you have children in Fillmore Schools or you are involved in our community and would like to share ideas as we start the new school year. We want to get started working together!

Tuesday, August 27th
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal “Chocolate” Church
Second St. @ Saratoga


THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Margarita Jimenez of Fillmore earned a graduate degree from California Lutheran University in May.

Jimenez received a Master of Science degree in counseling and guidance.

CLU is a selective university located in Thousand Oaks, Calif., with centers in Oxnard, Woodland Hills and Santa Maria for graduate courses and its Adult Degree Evening Program. With an enrollment of 4,200 students, CLU offers undergraduate and graduate programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management and Graduate School of Education. Doctoral degrees in educational leadership, higher education leadership and clinical psychology are also offered. Members of the CLU student body come from across the nation and around the world and represent a diversity of faiths and cultures. For more information, visit callutheran.edu.


4 Tuesday, August 20, 2013
PATRIOTIC OBSERVANCE: August 20, 1964 - As part of his Great Society policies, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic
Opportunity Act which, among other things, established the Head Start program.
LUNCH: Manager’s Choice
1. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL – tryouts Tuesday 8/20 for all girls wanting to play this year. Start at 3:30 in the gym. You must be
cleared in the Student Store to try out.
2. Cross Country: Tryouts will be Friday 8/23 and the Fillmore High School Track. You must be cleared by the student store to try
1. MENTOR PROGRAM: Lunch meeting today, Rm. 49. Bring your lunch & learn about the Mentor Program. Be a Mentor & earn
community service hours or class credit.
2. Project Unify Club Meeting: Wed., August 21 at lunch in room 44. Join us in fostering a school community of respect, dignity
and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. We are looking for youth leaders to create opportunities of sport, friendship
and fun with students with and without disabilities.
3. MECHA CLUB – officer’s meeting Wednesday during lunch in Rm. 45.
1. If you haven't had you senior yearbook picture taken, please contact KSSP Photographic Studios (524-6400; 330 Central Ave,
1. School Pictures taken at registration can still be ordered. Contact KSSP (524-6400)
1. Freshmen - Are you interested in being in ASB? If you would like to run for an ASB office, stop by the Student
Store to get an Intent to Run form for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasure or Senator (2). The forms
are due by Wednesday.
1. BUS RIDERS – You must have your bus sticker, or you will not be allowed to ride the bus. Turn in your bus form
by 12:00 to Jaci in the Attendance Office.
2. Reminder to students – The hall lockers are open at 7:30 each morning. They are closed for lunch from 12:30 – 12:55.
1. WELCOME BACK RALLY on Friday at 2:25. All backpacks must be left in your 6th period classroom. Teachers will have a
complete list of rally procedures and rules to review will classes on Thursday and Friday.
Regular Schedule – Monday - Thursday
Length Start End
1st 62 8:05 AM 9:07 AM
Pass 5 9:07 AM 9:12 AM
2nd 56 9:12 AM 10:08 AM
Break 10 10:08 AM 10:18 AM
Pass 5 10:18 AM 10:23 AM
3rd 56 10:23 AM 11:19 AM
Pass 5 11:19 AM 11:24 AM
4th 56 11:24 AM 12:20 PM
Lunch 40 12:20 PM 1:00 PM
Pass 5 1:00 PM 1:05 PM
5th 56 1:05 PM 2:01 PM
Pass 5 2:01 PM 2:06 PM
6th 56 2:06 PM 3:02 PM
Welcome Back Rally Schedule - Friday
Length Start End
1st 55 8:05 AM 9:00 AM
Pass 5 9:00 AM 9:05 AM
2nd 50 9:05 AM 9:55 AM
Break 10 9:55 AM 10:05 AM
Pass 5 10:05 AM 10:10 AM
3rd 50 10:10 AM 11:00 AM
Pass 5 11:00 AM 11:05 AM
4th 50 11:05 AM 11:55 AM
Lunch 40 11:55 AM 12:35 PM
Pass 5 12:35 PM 12:40 PM
5th 50 12:40 PM 1:30 PM
Pass 5 1:30 PM 1:35 PM
6th 50 1:35 PM 2:25 PM
Rally 37 2:25 PM 3:02 PM


Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to sample the compelling work and presentations of its faculty in a free lecture series at libraries in Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. The lecture series offers community members the opportunity to hear from some of CI’s most dynamic speakers and experts; engage in discussions on a variety of timely, thought-provoking topics; and be a CI student for an evening in the free, convenient setting of their local library.

Below are listings of scheduled speakers and topics for each of the three libraries.

Thousand Oaks – Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Rd.

Stem Cells – Boon or Bane?

Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Nitika Parmar, Associate Professor of Biology, as she discusses the medical applications, advantages, disadvantages and controversies surrounding stem cells.

Business Success in China – Understanding Business Culture

Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Priscilla Laing, Associate Professor of Finance, will explore the influences, challenges and rewards of China’s unique business culture and offer perspectives on how global corporations can better grasp Chinese culture in order to succeed.

Climate Change in the 21st Century

Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Simone Aloisio, Professor of Chemistry, as he discusses climate change, the most important environmental issue of our time. Aloisio will cover the scientific basis for climate change, including the most recent findings on its causes and effects, as well as its impacts, adaptations and mitigation.

Paradoxes and Shocking Outcomes in Math: Do You Still Believe in Math?

Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Jorge Garcia, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, exposes logical arguments behind math paradoxes in a stimulating, philosophical discussion. Why can a turtle win the race over champion Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt? Is infinity the end of everything? Why can't the set of all sets exist? Why can a sphere be cut and be reconstructed to make two spheres of the same size? If an infinite hotel is full, why can we still accommodate an extra guest?

Ventura – E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street

The Human Prehistory of the Channel Islands and Coastal California: A 10,000 Year Retrospective

Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Drawing from 20 years of research experience, Anthropology Professors Jennifer Perry and Colleen Delaney will present an overview of the prehistory of coastal Ventura County and the Channel Islands from an archaeological perspective. Learn why this region is so unique and the importance of the islands to people today.

The Era of the Celebrity CEO is Over

Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Recent data indicates that consistently “great” companies were not led by charismatic or transformational leaders but rather by leaders who possessed a blend of humility and strong personal will. Join Dr. Andrew Morris, Professor in CI’s Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, as he examines our fascination with leaders, possible predictors of humility, and ways in which we can develop greater humility and enhance our leadership abilities.

Stories Behind the Stories: English Faculty Reading and Discussion

Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m.

Published authors and CI English Professors Brad Monsma, Bob Mayberry, Mary Adler, Sean Carswell and Sofia Samatar will read excerpts of their fiction, nonfiction or poetry and discuss the stories behind them, including experiences with multiple drafts, writing groups, writing stamina, and revisions. Community members are invited to add their perspectives during a brief Q&A session that follows.

Simi Valley Public Library – 2969 Tapo Canyon

Australian Actors and Hollywood Stars

Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Australian actors have been Hollywood stars since the 1930s. They continue to play leading roles and win awards. Why are they so successful? Is it their training, their Aussie optimism, or their work ethic? Dr. Luda Popenhagen, Professor of Performing Arts, will discuss the ongoing success of Australian actors in the U.S. movie industry.

Humpback Whales: Gentle Giants of the North Pacific

Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Rachel Cartwright, Lecturer in Biology, for a glimpse inside the underwater world of humpback whales. Her presentation will include details of her research on humpback whales, underwater video, recordings of whalesong, and fascinating tales of a life spent working with whales.

Lessons from Finland

Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Finnish schools perform at the top in international tests. What makes them outperform other countries? Dr. Tiina Itkonen, Associate Professor of Education, looks at the structure of schooling, teacher training, and philosophy of education in Finland.

All lectures are free and open to the public, with complimentary parking. Visit websites for the Ventura Library at http://www.vencolibrary.org/locations/epfoster, the Thousand Oaks Library at www.toaks.org/library, or the Simi Valley Library at www.simivalleylibrary.org/home/.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.


AZUSA, CA - Fillmore resident and Azusa Pacific University student Jacob Zellmer made the academic Deans' List at APU. Zellmer is honored for a spring semester 2013 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Zellmer is joined by 1,678 other students receiving the same honor.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 57 bachelor's degrees, 40 master's degrees, 14 certificates, 10 credentials, and 9 doctoral programs, the university offers its more than 10,000 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.

Public, educators, campus community invited to learn about services available to promote student success in the region

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the campus community, guests from local K-12 schools, community colleges and other community members to learn more about Project ACCESO and Project Vista, two CI programs that promote regional student success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the pursuit of graduate studies. An open house for both programs will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in El Dorado Hall on the CI campus.

The two projects, funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, will highlight an array of services designed to prepare students from kindergarten through community college for success in CI's bachelor’s and graduate degree programs.

Visitors to Project ACCESO will learn about innovative programs to help students thrive in STEM courses, such as peer-led team learning, STEM tutoring and the Summer Scholars Institute, as well as demonstrations and activities provided to regional K-12 students as part of Project ACCESO’s outreach efforts. Guests will be introduced to opportunities in academic and summer research for CI and local community college students.

Project Vista will provide information tables and tours highlighting services available through the Graduate Studies Center (GSC), including workshops, drop-in advice, early preparation for graduate study, a writing studio, and graduate outreach. Current CI graduate students and undergraduates considering CI credential and/or master's programs or post-graduate programs on other campuses will benefit from being acquainted with the GSC.


More than 100 students and 40 parents from all around California will learn about college in multi-day residential institutes

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host its first Migrant Summer Leadership Institute (MSLI) for migrant high school students and their parents from Friday, July 26, through Saturday, Aug. 10. The institute, funded through a grant from the California Department of Education, exposes migrant children and their parents to the opportunities and benefits of a college education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning.

The MSLI Parent Institute, Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27, is a two-day residential program for 40 parents selected from around the state. Parents will attend sessions explaining the benefits of a college education, financial aid and scholarships, pre-college and college coursework, college life, and how to support their college-bound students. They will spend the night in Anacapa Village student housing.

The MSLI Student Institute, Sunday, July 28 – Saturday, Aug. 10, is a two-week residential program composed of 100 high school students selected from around the state. The program offers students a taste of college life and learning on the CI campus. The curriculum includes classes taught by CI professors; leadership and team-building activities; peer mentoring and career coaching; field trips to Santa Cruz Island, the California Science Center and Channel Islands Under the Stars (an inflatable planetarium); and a variety of speakers, experiments and fun STEM learning activities. Students reside in the student housing at Santa Cruz Village throughout the program.

CI was one of two institutions awarded the $250,000 MSLI grant, based on a detailed proposal. The California Department of Education awards contracts to two public universities each year to implement summer institutes for students and parents as part of its effort to help migrant students overcome educational disruption and make a smooth transition to college. The institutes’ curriculum is designed by University professors and staff to offer academic enrichment activities, leadership opportunities, college preparation, and exposure to STEM.

All sessions and activities are open to the news media. For more information, or for a detailed schedule of events and locations, contact Breana Christie at breana.christie@csuci.edu or 805-312-4843.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

Open to Students in Ventura and Surrounding Counties, Fillmore Digital Academy to Offer Strong Academics and a Flexible Schedule

FILLMORE, CA - The Fillmore Unified School District announced today that it will launch a full-time virtual learning program for the 2013-2014 school year. Open to students, grades 9 through 12, in Ventura, Kern, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, Fillmore Digital Academy will combine a rigorous, standards-based online curriculum, individualized student support and a flexible schedule that lets students complete their school work whenever and wherever works best for them. Nationally recognized online learning provider Advanced Academics will supply the program's learning management system, curriculum and online tutoring and student assistance.

"Fillmore Digital Academy will give area high school students the opportunity to receive a quality education and the freedom of being able to complete coursework on their own time, allowing students to juggle school, work, family commitments, sports or other outside interests," Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Michael Johnson said. "The program features a comprehensive curriculum, including Advanced Placement courses and a wide variety of electives, as well as experienced, California-credentialed teachers available to offer students one-on-one tutoring and instruction in real time during the school week. We're proud to be part of a program that delivers appropriate rigor, high levels of support and flexibility."

Fillmore Digital Academy will comply with all California graduation requirements and feature a full high school curriculum aligned to both state and Common Core standards. Through the Advanced Academics platform, students will have online access to state-credentialed teachers who can provide immediate assistance 24 hours a day Monday through Friday, while technical support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program can benefit many students, including students who have not excelled in a traditional school setting, home-schooled students, advanced learners wanting to progress at an accelerated pace and students who need a flexible schedule in order to pursue outside interests. One such option is Passport2College, which offers college-level classes to juniors and seniors wishing to earn college credit at no cost while still attending high school.

This program helps students become better prepared for the demands of college and offers students the opportunity to enroll in college courses such as Business, Math, Psychology and English, which in many cases can be transferred.

Fillmore Digital Academy is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Interested students and parents can learn more at the following information sessions:

Round Table Pizza
239 West Los Angeles Avenue
Moorpark, CA 93021
July 31 and August 1 at 6 p.m.

DeVry University, Oxnard
300 E Esplanade Dr.
Oxnard, CA 93036
August 3 at 10 a.m. and August 5 at 6 p.m.

Round Table Pizza
23254 Lyons Avenue
Newhall, CA 91321
August 6 and 7 at 6 p.m.

For more information, go to www.FillmoreDigitalAcademy.com or call

About Advanced Academics
Advanced Academics, a leader in the field of online learning, partners with schools and districts in 30 states across the country to offer customized online solutions that uniquely serve each customer. Advanced Academics' programs have proven to be successful in providing flexible learning opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12 and increasing overall academic performance. Since 2000, Advanced Academics has offered comprehensive middle and high school courses, high levels of student support and a web-based learning management system that enhances student learning.

A part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), Advanced Academics is accredited by the
North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and meets the standards for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility.

For more information, visit www.advancedacademics.com.


Dear Fillmore Business,

Our Cross Country team has had a phenomenal season! Our season started at the beginning last summer with base training continuing into the school year. All of the summer runners have been improving immensely. We will end our summer with our annual Mammoth training camp, of which our runners and coaches have held many carwashes so that all of our runners could afford our beneficial training camp. We also held a variety of other fundraisers to help purchase our new uniforms. Fillmore High Cross Country would appreciate it very much for any support that our community would be willing to donate to our program. We have served many of the youth in the community that join our team by offering a variety of summer activities including group outings and training camps that provide our athletes the training they need in preparation for the season. The time, dedication and commitment that these students athletes experience has been a huge driving force to keep the program going as well as to entice others to join. We will continue to offer the summer training and team trips throughout the season as long as we have the funding to do so. We recently had the most successful season to date, both our boys and girls programs made it to the CIF Finals where they competed against the best southern section teams in the state along with 74 state ranked teams. In addition our boys’ team traveled to the State Championships where they won. To date this is Fillmore High School’s second team State Title in Division IV Boys Cross Country. The first was in 1990. We are asking for your support and sponsorship in any amount to help with continuing our program into the future. We appreciate all your support! Our tax ID is 95-2493401.

Fillmore Cross Country
Kimberly Tafoya (Head Coach/Advisor)


Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore High School
555 Central Avenue Ÿ Fillmore, CA 93015
Phone (805) 524- 6100 Ÿ Fax (805) 524-6121



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[ ] Yes, I/my organization would like to serve as a sponsor for Fillmore Cross Country “Harrier’s Club”. (Make checks payable to: Fillmore High School)

We will contribute the following: ______________

[ ] No, I/my organization will not be able to participate in any way


Please return to Fillmore High School in the enclosed envelope. We look forward to hearing from you soon. If you have any questions please feel free to contact coach Tafoya ktafoya@fillmore.k12.ca.us.

President Greg Gillespie
President Greg Gillespie

Ventura County Community College District invites the community to attend a Welcome Reception for Dr. Greg Gillespie, new Ventura College President, on Monday, July 29, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the District Administrative Center, 255 W. Stanley Avenue, Suite 150, in Ventura. The event is open to the public. Free parking is available, and light refreshments will be provided.

With over 19 years’ experience in the community college system, Dr. Gillespie has served as a faculty member, Director, Dean, and Vice President at four different community colleges ranging from rural to urban with direct experience in instruction, administrative services, and student services. Dr. Gillespie recently relocated from Arizona where he served as Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at Yavapai College. Dr. Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy (Crop Science) from Washington State University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the same discipline from North Dakota State University. President Gillespie’s first day at Ventura College was July 8, 2013.

VCCF Donors Invest In Local Students, Awarding More Than $1 Million At Annual Scholarship Reception

CAMARILLO, Calif. (July 11, 2013)---- The Ventura County Community Foundation awarded nearly $1.2 million in scholarships to local students at the recent Scholarship Awards Reception attended by close to 400 students, their families and donors who made the awards

The Community Foundation gave just under 300 awards to 238 students bound for college or career training. This included the new Michael Gordon Burgos Memorial Scholarship, honoring the late Ventura County counselor who believed in the power of education to change lives.

"These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of people who believe in investing in the future of Ventura County," said Hugh J. Ralston, president and CEO of the community foundation. "The opportunity for just one student to attend college can transform that person, a family and a community."

In honor of its 25th anniversary, VCCF created a new scholarship to help local students pursue a graduate degree.

Since its founding in 1987, the Ventura County Community Foundation has awarded more than $9.6 million in scholarships and is the local leader in granting financial aid to Ventura County youth.

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High schoolers in the Engineering Design Career Pathways Summer Academy will demonstrate their engineering prowess and network with professional engineers

Camarillo, CA - More than 30 high school students will show off newly acquired engineering skills in a Spaghetti Bridge Testing and Celebration, Wednesday, July 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the CSU Channel Islands (CI) campus.

The event is the culmination of a three-week summer academy that exposes Hueneme High School seniors to an intensive, pre-college engineering program on the CI campus. The academy, part of the Engineering Design Career Pathways (EDCP) program, is a collaborative effort of Hueneme High School, the Ventura County Regional P-16 Council, Ventura County Office of Education, Oxnard College and CSU Channel Islands. It is free to students and funded by grants.

The program aims to strengthen students’ skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and prepare them for higher education and careers in engineering, where demand and potential are high. Participants in the summer academy study a college-level physics curriculum, conduct vector and torque lab experiments, present results, build and test bridges, and take field trips to museums, universities and science-related sites. The activities help them gain critical engineering, problem-solving and communication skills they can apply in future studies and careers.

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We have registration on August 1st & 2nd. We would love to have some parent volunteers to help out! We need help collecting paperwork, helping with photos and helping in the Student Store, Please let me know if and when you are interested in helping. You do not need to be able to stay the entire day. Just a couple of hours will help.

The high school office is closed until July 23rd, but if you are able to help, please email me at blemons@fillmore.k12.ca.us or call 524-6103 after the 23rd.

School starts on Thursday, August 15th!